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Kathleen (Katie) L. Lopez

OGA Program Manager & LEO Adjunct Lecturer

Kathleen (Katie) L. Lopez

Katie Lopez (LMSW) is the program manager of the Office of Global Activities at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she is responsible for the overall administration of the office including overseeing the Global Activities Scholars Program, the Peace Corps Master's International and Coverdell Fellows programs, the Certificate in Global Social Work, and the Visiting Scholars program. She also serves as the Office of Field Instruction liaison for students completing global field placements. Ms. Lopez has lived and worked abroad in various locations including Mexico, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Honduras. Her work with those living in extreme poverty has strengthened her resolve to build positive, sustainable, intentional collaborations among schools of social work and institutions aimed at training social workers to address global issues. Ms. Lopez is an active member of NAFSA, Association of International Educators, where she has presented on various topics.

Education

Year Degree   School
2010 MSW University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2006 Ed. Cert. University of St. Thomas
2005 BA Anthropology University of Notre Dame
Project Faculty Abstract
Social Work in a Global Setting: Learning from the Hong Kong Model Lopez, Kathleen (PI)
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Social Work in a Global Setting: Learning from the Hong Kong Model

November 2013 - February 2014

The goal of this proposal is to fund a trip to Hong Kong that will enable me to learn about social work in an international context. During this trip I propose visiting the University of Hong Kong Department of Social Work and Social Administration, the Hong Kong Social Workers Association, as well as local social work agencies. My position as a lecturer at the School of Social Work centers on working with students preparing for, engaging in, or returning from international social work experiences. I am proposing this visit 1) to gain a better understanding of a social work education structure outside of the US, 2) to learn about the social welfare structure in another country, 3) to strengthen personal relationships with institutional and agency partners, and 4) to gather feedback about how the School of Social Work can better prepare students undertaking a global professional internship. The U-M School of Social Work has long prioritized educating our master students to engage and practice at an international level. This makes our school one of the few MSW programs that offers semester long, funded global field placements. As one of two individuals primarily responsible for creating, maintaining, and managing these programs I would greatly benefit from this opportunity to learn firsthand about social work in foreign country. As a licensed social worker this would be an incredible professional development opportunity. Additionally, the students I teach would also benefit from my enhanced understanding of global social work.

Before, During and After: Enhancing Resilience in Students Engaging in International Experiences Root, Lawrence (PI)
Kathleen Lopez (Co-PIs)
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Before, During and After: Enhancing Resilience in Students Engaging in International Experiences

December 2013 - December 2014

Each year thousands of University of Michigan graduate and undergraduate students take part in various international experiences. While abroad, students are likely to encounter various types of psychological stressors including challenges of acculturation and, in some settings, examples of serious human suffering. These stressors can impact the student?s time abroad and their re-entry home. Through a partnership of the School of Social Work, the Psychological Clinic, the School of Information, and the School of Art & Design, online informational/instructional modules will be developed to assist students in improving protective factors and enhancing psychosocial resilience. These materials that incorporate evidence-based approaches will seek to deliver a preventative intervention before students leave, help them cope with stressors while abroad, and direct them to campus resources upon their return. This project should have substantial impact by providing a shared resource that can be accessed by undergraduate and graduate students taking part in various types of international experiences.

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